If you want to attend Game One or Game Two of the NBA Finals, the hottest sports ticket in years in South Florida, here's how to do it:
Have a friend who is a season ticket holder.
Convince that friend to sell you his or her tickets at more or less face value.
It worked for Glen Levine, a Fort Lauderdale attorney. He scored two lower-level passes to Thursday's Game 2 at $1,000 a pop.
"We're paying for tickets, and it's the playoffs, so they might as well be good seats," he said. "It's a great atmosphere, and a lot of fun."
If you don't have that kind of friend, it's a Lord of the Flies-type situation, a survival-of-the-fittest scramble for a scarce and coveted commodity.
At 1 p.m. Friday, the Heat put an unspecified number of tickets on sale through Ticketmaster, including some as cheap as $20, as required by the NBA. They were gone in a flash.
Ed Silva, a Lantana resident, and his brother Jim jumped into their car Friday morning and drove down to the AmericanAirlines Arena, thinking you could walk up to the window and latch onto a pair just like that. Ha!
The Celtics fans, who say they'll cheer for the Heat against the Dallas Mavericks, left bummed out and empty-handed.
The ticket-buying scene has shifted to the so-called secondary market: StubHub, Bargainseatsonline GetTickets.com and their ilk.
Back in 2006, the last time the Heat was in the Finals, the secondary market wasn't such a big deal. Now, every John Q. Fan is doing it.More
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